Tracy and I had this crazy idea that doing a Muddy obstacle race would be fun! It was FUN! It was a total BLAST!!! If you like to play in the mud even a little bit and you like the challenge of doing a HARD race, then I totally recommend this. It's about a 5K distance. We picked Saturday, June 16th to complete our Warrior Dash. We both brought waterproof cameras so we could get a piece of all the action. I thought the day was just amazing and I was glad we did it. Here are some helpful hints that you should follow if you are planning on doing one of these races:
Wear compression shorts or bike shorts or something that hold your loose thigh skin in. Can be under the costume, but trust me, I wish I had worn these.
If you have bad knees or super sensitive knees then wear knee pads.
Wear gloves if you don't have rough warrior hands and don't want scratches or cuts.
If you don't want bruises, scrapes, cuts, or scratches of any kind, then skip the obstacles.
If you don't like to play in the mud then you should stay home.
|Many signs leading to the race, you will|
NOT get lost getting there.
|The start line. Every few minutes fire came out of the sign. |
|Obstacle#1--The Trenches. You crawl under boards on dirt|
and rocks. This is where gloves and knee pads would have
been real nice.
|Obstacle #2--Mortimer's Crossing. You balance your way |
across the wobbly rope. This one was a little scary for me.
|Back side of obstacle #3. Scariest part|
of race for me. I actually screamed on
the way down.
|Obstacle #4 called Storming Normandy. You had to|
military crawl under barbed wire.
|Obstacle #5 Vicious Valleys. I didn't|
like this one. I felt it was hard on the feet
and body to get through it.
|Obstacle #6 Petrifying Plunge. You had to|
slide down a long muddy slide to a mud pit.
You would get stuck at the bottom in the mud
for a second and then you could climb out.
A volunteer helped pull me out of this pit.
|Tracy and I after obstacle #6. If you are|
not muddy by this point then you skipped
|Obstacle #7 Road Rage. You stampede your way through|
rusted wreckage and tires. Here is Tracy posing.
|Me totally posing. By the way, the cars are a little slick because a lot of|
wet bodies have gone over them. Be careful on this one.
|Obstacle #8 Hard Rain. You climb up this|
with lots of water coming down at you.
I found this one a bit tricky, but refreshing.
|Obstacle #9 Great Warrior Wall. If you|
aren't a climber, then I suggest practicing
pushups for upper body strength.
|Obstacle #10 Chaotic Crossover. Basically you climb over|
a cargo net and try not to fall through. I was very slow on this
and was being passed by Wave #3 at this point.
|Obstacle #11 Giant Cliff hanger. This wasn't that hard for me,|
however I heard that later in the day when this was super muddy
that it is almost impossible to climb, so gloves here would
be very helpful.
|Obstacle #12 Cargo Climb. You have to climb to the top of this.|
then do climb down. It may look easy, but it's not. By this
point I was wishing I had gloves. Lots of ropes and climbing.
|Tracy and I taking our traditional "Picture of ourselves" while|
still in the mud pit.
|Getting hosed off after. Very cold by the way.|
|Tracy and I with our Warrior Dash finishing medals. Well deserved.|
|A silly guy in a Flash costume posing|
|I actually spent the money and bought a giant turkey leg|
to celebrate like a warrior. The turkey was not the good by
the way and I wouldn't recommend it. Just looked
good for a picture.
|The crazy warrior was posing for me also. He|
was complete with fairy wings, speedo, stuffed bra
and a wig. He was very hairy and muddy.
|My bib number, medal and warrior helmet.|
|washing off in the shower at the hotel. I actually showered|
with my clothes on at first to get all the mud out of them.
The mud trial continued for what seemed like 10 minutes.
I had mud in many places I didn't think mud could get to.
Tracy was so smart because she is the one that recommended the early wave so we could go back to the hotel after the race and shower. What a great idea.